If you require electrical work to be carried out in your property, it’s important to choose your electrician carefully. It’s recommended that you contact at least three electricians in your local area and ask for quotes, preferably written. You can compare these and decide which electrician is providing the best value for money. It’s important to get references, or ask for the contact details of previous customers. A reputable electrician will provide these without hesitation. You should also check that your electrician is approved by the government or a recognized organisation and has the correct Public Liability Insurance.

Before Starting Work

You should agree on a timetable for the work and on the start and finish dates. Ask for a copy of this in writing before any work begins. It’s important to agree on the terms of payment so you can be sure that you will have the necessary funds available. It’s not good manners to keep a tradesman waiting once the job has been completed because you don’t have your financial affairs in order. It’s better to pay by cheque than cash and always ask for a receipt or statement of account, so that both you and your electrician can keep up with how much has been paid.

During the Work

It’s not a good idea to make changes to the job or add extra tasks once the work has begun. This may inconvenience your electrician and make the process of billing more difficult. If you really need to make a change, submit this in writing so that you and your electrician both have a record of it. Your electrician should use EU approved safety testing equipment while working on electrical appliances or circuits, like those available from PASS. Make sure you communicate with your electrician clearly, and let them know straight away if you have any concerns about the work that has been done. If they work for a larger company, raise issues with their supervisor. If this is not an option, it’s definitely worth getting in touch with the organisation that approves your electrician as they will give you advice and help you reach a solution.

After Completion

Once the work is finished, the electrician should provide you with an electrical installation certificate. This will confirm that his work has been in accordance with the UK Safety Standard and the relevant appliance(s) are now safe to use. Keep this certificate safe, as you may require it as proof later on, particularly if you intend to sell your property at some point in the future. 

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If you require electrical work to be carried out in your property, it’s important to choose your electrician carefully. It’s recommended that you contact at least three electricians in your local area and ask for quotes, preferably written. You can compare these and decide which electrician is providing the...